ANDOVER, Mass. -- Phillips Exeter pulled one game closer to tying the more than century long rivalry, defeating Phillips Andover, 56-33, on the heels of sophomore Andreas Robinson’s four touchdowns, including all three in the fourth quarter for the Big Red to put the game out of reach from the insistent Big Blue.
“We’ve spent two weeks preparing for this game,” said senior quarterback Joseph Jaskolski. “We put this game in front of every other one. This is our championship. We could’ve lost every other game this season, but if we won this one, it would have been a winning season.”
Coming out of the half tied, and with the momentum in Andover’s favor, having pieced together a 72-yard drive in under two minutes to end the first half, Exeter coach Bill Glennon didn’t have his team make any adjustments, but did ask them to take a gut check before coming back out of the locker room.
“When we went in at halftime, we knew we had to come out harder,” added Jaskolski. “We knew we were a better team, so we dug down to find out how to show it.”
To open the third quarter, the Big Red marched 52 in under three minutes for a scoring drive capped by Jaskolski’s two yard, muscle in touchdown, for which he also kicked the extra point putting Exeter up 28-21.
Andover took over from their 26 and on four runs and two passes managed to make it to the Exeter 32. The pressure from the Exeter front line made it difficult to pass, or run, causing the Big Blue to turn the ball over on downs.
The Big Red made it across the 50 and down to the 40 on five consecutive runs for positive yardage to set up fourth and one. Jaskolski took the ball up the middle and got three yards, continuing the drive for Exeter. Six plays later, faced with second and goal, Jaskolski took another sneak across the goal line and notched another extra point to make the game 35 -21.
On the following drive, Andover’s Kasltle Jones ran for nine yards, seeming to bring Andover back to life, but the pass rush by Jonathan Mancini on second down forced quarterback Robert Lippe (262 passing yards, 41 rushing) to make a bad throw, and Lippe’s fumble on third down was also recovered by Mancini, leading to Robinson’s first touchdown in the fourth quarter, making it a three touchdown game.
Andover would score two more times in the fourth, but Robinson (31 carries, 297 yards), who was dragged down by his dread locks early in the game, ran for 89 yards and three rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, keeping the Big Blue at bay and send Exeter up 93 with another victory for the Lion Rampart.
“A few games ago, I was tackled by my hair and I lost my composure,” admitted Robinson. “I started to fall apart and things didn’t go well for us. I know its part of the game when they grab you by the hair, I can’t get mad at the game.”
PHILLIPS EXETER 56, PHILLIPS ANDOVER 33
PE 7 14 14 21 --- 56
PA 0 21 0 12 --- 33
E - Andreas Robinson 14 run (Joseph Jaskolski kick)
E - Wesley Abram 14 run (Jaskolski kick)
A - Thomas Szymanski 4 pass from Robert Lippe (Bennett Green kick)
A - Brendan Rankowitz 22 pass from Lippe (kick blocked)
E - Justin Norris 93 kickoff return (Jaskolski kick)
A - Symanski 14 pass from Lippe (Lippe rush)
E - Jaskolski 2 run (Jaskolski kick)
E - Jaskolski 1 run (Jaskolski kick)
E - Robinson 14 run (Jaskolski kick)
A - Lippe 2 run (pass failed)
E - Robinson 18 run (Jaskolski kick)
E - Robinson 41 run (Ethan Krauss kick)
A - Jason Buco 25 pass from Lippe (pass failed)